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December 2015

Dear Praying Friends of Bethel,

"The virign will be pregnant. She will have a son, and they will name him Immanuel," which means "God is with us" (Matthew 1:23, NCV). This was the theme of this year's Festival of Christmas: Immanuel, God with us. Such hopeful words for our world right now, reinforced by the words of the candlelight processional, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." May our hearts echo them:

O come, Desire of Nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife, and quarrels cease,
Fill all the owrld with heaven's peace.

For your prayers this Christmas season, we invite you to lift up all those students and faculty who will be traveling and studying abroad in January as part of various Interim courses. As one parent wrote, "With the unrest in the world and the recent tragedy in Paris it is hard not to let fear take over. I would ask for prayer for safety and protection over all our students and faculty. May they learn, be challenged, and shine for Jesus wherever they are and be safe."

Other items for your prayer list this December:

  • Students as they study for final exams
  • Winter Commencement exercises on December 18 and 19
  • Safe holiday travel for students and for loving times with family
  • A fruitful calendar-year-end giving campaign
  • Praise for answered prayers for Bethel in so many areas in 2015

Please thank God for my co-coordinator, Julieanne Tutt, who is retiring at year's end from 15 years in her significant role and presence as senior administrative assistant for University Advancement. Julie has provided administrative support for Bethel's National Prayer Initiative since it began in 2004 with Marie Schultz at the helm. Julie's heart for the Lord and for Bethel is so very evident, and faithfulness and excellence have charcterized her work.

For each of you, we hope you have a joyful Christmas season when your heart is refreshed and renewed by the God who came in human form to truly be "with us."

Christmas Blessings,

Judy Moseman and Julie Tutt
Co-coordinators, National Prayer Initiative

November 2015

Dear Praying Friends of Bethel,

As you offer up your prayers during this season of thanksgibing, we invite you to join us in gratitude for Bethel and all that God continues to do in and through the university.

This month we are grateful for Mark Miles, Bethel's new senior vice president for university advancement. You prayed that God would guide the search for this position and Mark, who began his significant leadership role in June, is the answer to those prayers. For him we do indeed give thanks. Here are his suggestions for your prayers this month:

Praise:

  • For the great start to the current year. The Bethel Fund and restricted giving is up about $500,000 compared to this time last year.
  • For the hundreds of parents, siblings, and other family members who came to campus on November 6-7 for Family Weekend. There was a blanaced mix of events and free time allowing opportunitites to spend quality time with their student, get acquainted with faculty and Bethel leadership, and share in their son or daughter's college experience.
  • For the significant planning that many alumni, parents, and friends have done in their estates to benefit Bethel.

Prayer:

  • That the Lord would provide the right people for two key open positions in the Advancement Office: an associate vice president for development and a major gifts officer.
  • For a strong finish to the calendar year. November and December are important months for giving.
  • For the health and travel safety for the development team and President Barnes over the next several weeks.

Philippians 4:6 reminds us to "in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Thank you for doing that on behalf of Bethel.

With thanks for you all,

Judy Moseman and Julie Tutt
Co-coordinators, National Prayer Initiative